Nonesuch Releases Youssou N’Dour’s Egypt

New York, USA – On his latest release, Egypt,
Youssou N’Dour
combines his native Senegalese traditions with Egyptian and Arabic sounds
in this musical exploration of Islamic Sufism. To promote the new album, a North
American tour begins June 27.

While N’Dour’s international releases have always
combined Senegalese musical traditions with outside sources of inspiration,
Egypt (Nonesuch Records), takes a fresh approach. On this album, the rhythms and
melodies of Senegal drive arrangements featuring Egyptian and Arabian orchestral
sounds. Featuring traditional musicians in Dakar and in Cairo, Egypt is N’Dour’s
lyrical celebration of Senegal’s Muslim mystical culture of Sufism.

Egypt‘s lyrics demonstrate a distinctly Senegalese way
of Islam, and of Sufi thought and practice, with references to venerated
caliphs, saints, and sages.

Muslim life in Senegal is centered in the country’s Sufi
communities, which have adapted to the modern rhythms of post-independence
Africa. N’Dour, who sought to explore the links between his homeland’s religious
beliefs and that of Muslims in Egypt and the Middle East, has explained that
Egypt is an album that “praises the tolerance of my religion“-a religion that in
recent times has come to be both misunderstood and misinterpreted by
commentators and adherents alike.

North American tour:

6/27/2004

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

7/2/2004

Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Museum of Art

7/13/2004

San Diego, CA

Humphreys Concerts By The Bay

7/14/2004

Los Angeles, CA

Henry Fonda Theatre

7/17/2004

Grass Valley, CA

California WorldFest

7/18/2004

San Francisco, CA

Sigmund Stem Grove

7/20/2004

Roseburg, OR

Stewart Park On The River

7/22/2004

Portland, OR

Oregon Zoo Amphitheater

7/24/2004

Boulder, CO

Chautauqua Park

7/25/2004

Calgary, Canada

Calgary Folk Festival

Buy Egypt

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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